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Business Notebook: County seeking bids to operate child care center

In other business news: Endowment to provide families affected by cancer with outings


Cumberland County is accepting bids from child care center operators to serve county employees and families.

The proposal number is RFP, No. 23-27-ADM Childcare Center Operator.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent closing of many child care facilities, many county employees have identified access to quality child care as a barrier to employment, according to a county news release. The county is seeking a child care provider to manage and maintain high-quality services, the release said.

Proposals are due by 2 p.m. June 13.

For more information, contact Heather Skeens, assistant county manager for community support, at hskeens@cumberlandcountync.gov or 910-678-7725.

The child care center will be housed in the Dorothy Spainhour Child Development Center, which has six classrooms, a large multipurpose room, four administrative offices, a breakroom, a kitchen and three large play areas, the release said.

Proposals should be submitted to RFP #23-27-ADM Childcare Center operator, Cumberland County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 1829. Fayetteville, NC 28302, or Cumberland County Manager’s Office, 117 Dick St., Suite 507, Fayetteville, NC 28302.

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Endowment to provide families affected by cancer with outings

Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation will provide outings for cancer-affected families with children through the Karen Parker Allen Memorial Endowment, according to a news release.

The grant from Cumberland Community Foundation will give patients the opportunity to take part in family activities without focusing on their cancer diagnoses.

Karen Parker Allen died in 2016 at age 55 after a five-year battle with Stage 4 colon cancer, the release said. She is survived by her husband and nine children. Her family established the endowment in her memory.

“Once the patients are identified, the Friends of the Cancer Center Advisory Council works directly with each family to plan an outing of interest,” said Sabrina Brooks, vice president of Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation.

The program provides a day of activities for families such as visits to museums or parks, outdoor activities, learning opportunities, and sports games.

So far, the program has supported six Cape Fear Valley cancer patients and their families with outings to movies, the North Carolina Zoo, a Marksmen hockey game, trampoline park, and going out to dinner, the release said.

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